Porcine Unidragon | Clown Shoes

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Porcine UnidragonPorcine Unidragon
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is Blaecorn Unidragon made with Beechwood Smoked malt, which adds a natural meaty note (there is no actual meat in the brew). Aged 100% bourbon barrels. Little piggies run, squeal to the heavens: Clown Shoes wishes you luck.

Added by MasterSki on 10-05-2012

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#2,916
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
467
pDev:
9.83%
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0
 
 
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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Stole this bottle from Beerdrifter when he was mashed and looking the other way. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Blaecorn Unidragon, beechwood smoked and then aged on bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: A black pour, slightly transparent, yields a 1+ finger, medium looking, light tan head with very good retention. Black bdy with slightly higher levels of carbonation evident. A swirly wisp and ring remain leaving touches of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Definite smoked malts with light meaty tones. Roasted malts, nice dark chocolate in there, with bourbon barrel as well. Vanilla and sweet cream from the barrels balances nicely with the smoky, roasted base. Bold and well balanced.

TASTE: Some roasted and smoked malts up front with bourbon, oak, sweet cream and some smoked meat notes at the swallow. Big alcohol presence with a bold and lingering finish that's smoky, roasted with a touch of bitter chocolate and a solid dose of bourbon barrel as well. A little too hot for top marks, but it's enjoyable and complex for sure.

PALATE: Lighter body and higher levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, luckily, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. Lots of heat after the swallow. Too light and carbonated for the style, but not rough or airy.

OVERALL: This was pretty nice. The feel was sub-par and the alcohol a little too present, but this brew showed lots of flavor and an impressive degree of complexity. Not one I'd need to search out again, but one I'd happily drink again if it was offered. I'm glad Drifter happened to be cleaning up the beer I'd spilt while I stole this out of his bag. Cheers!

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A- pours black with a 1 finger dark tan head. Big webs and blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- big chocolate amd coffee aromas, faint bourbon and some vanilla.

T- bitter chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and some bitter roast at the finish.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Slight heat, slick and lighter feel.

O- good RIS, not a big barrel influence but its there. Nice coffee, chocolate and some vanilla notes in this beer is a plus.

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22oz. Somewhat becalmed oily black pour. Some brown around the edge. Just a few light tan bubbles.

Aroma, yep, bourbon. Some woody roast malt and chocolates.

Taste, some carmelly bourbon and vanilla up front. Some roast malt, smoke is super faint, but there is some there. Some bitter chocolate, anise, booze in the finish.

Quite coating, not cloying, but it seems like a bit much. If there was some more smoke and roast malt to balance out the sweet rather than the booze, this would be better. It is a little on the warm side, but still bearable.

This falls into the third slot of their stouts for me. Vampire and Sombrero are heads above this, but this is better than Luchador which was terrible imo.

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Self-identifies as an American Imperial Stout. Acquired for $14.00 at a bottle shop in the Los Angeles county area. 12.5% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and branded standard pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its reputation.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger tan colour head. Nice cream, nice thickness, bad (~1-2 minute) retention. The high ABV makes the retention more excusable, but it still leaves a lot to be desired. Body colour is a solid dark nontransparent black; not quite a jet black - but dark. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks par for the style, but it's not unique or special. No overt flaws are obvious to me. No lacing whatsoever as the head recedes.

Sm: Bourbon, sure. Light vanilla, weak vague unevocative oak. Dark malts. I don't get any smoked malt notes. Not much in the way of woody notes either. Maybe some vague pork. Caramel. Cream. A moderate strength aroma which is not as complex nor as subtle as the brewers seem to want it to be. A mild to moderate strength aroma. No yeast character is detectable. I do get some vague alcohol, but it's not a hot or boozy aroma. I'm looking forward to trying it, but based on the aroma I think it'll be good at best.

T: The bourbon is roughly executed, lacking sophistication. Some wanting vanilla notes with too much sweetness. No refined oak or guiding woody notes. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Caramel. Surprising acidity. Maybe a hint of coffee. Very light smoke; not at all rauchbier-esque in character but rather so light as to be nearly unnoticeable. Smokiness is rarely used as a means of imparting a subtle or light flavour, and this beer makes it clear why - it just isn't worth doing. Coconut. Brown and/or unrefined sugars. It feels forced; nothing about this beer comes off natural or cohesive. I want so much more roast than it provides; it comes off too sweet to me in a way that renders it artificial. Decently balanced, but far from ideal. No yeast character comes through. I do get some noticeable if light alcohol, though I wouldn't call it hot or boozy. The smoked malts/beechwood feels wasted here; it's just not deep or evocative. Fair complexity. No real subtlety. Sort of a colour by numbers bourbon barrel imperial stout; many of the beats are there, but it's just not what it should be.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Artificially slick. Imperfect carbonation. Thick, but not necessarily justified - the complexity just isn't there. Okay presence on the palate. Not biting or sharp. A biteen warm, but I wouldn't call it boozy or hot. Decent softness for the style. Suits the flavour profile in a middling generic way; it certainly doesn't come off custom-tailored to it.

Dr: You've got to bring more to the table than this to really stand out in this style. I sense a lot of wasted potential here; the beechwood and smoked malt seemed lost on the flavour profile. If you're going to go for a flavour, you've got to commit and really go for it. This lacks boldness and a willingness to experiment. Consequently, it's sadly forgettable. I wouldn't get it again; there's a wealth of superior and cheaper beers in the style out there. A decent offering from Clown Shoes, but one which convinces me that my policy of ignoring them for the time being is a good one. Not recommended. Drinkable but unremarkable. Doesn't hide its ABV well.

Low C+

Gets better as it warms. Probably best served slightly chilled.

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Porcine Unidragon from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 467 ratings